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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

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Release Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

Media Contact: Caryl Bixon-Gordon (201) 796-7788

Jonathan Mooney Shared Insights into Celebrating Children’s Learning Differences at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., March 14, 2014 – Dyslexic author and special education activist Jonathan Mooney shared positive insights and his unique perspective on the different ways students learn at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange in early March. His presentation, “We’re Not Broken: Understanding How all Children Learn”, was the keynote speech during the annual Early Childhood Educators Conference of Greater MetroWest.

With humor and warmth, Mooney inspired parents and educators to celebrate each child’s strengths and gifts, rather than focus on their learning disabilities. His talk shone the spotlight on constructive and applicable tools to support students who learn differently. “No one lives a successful life feeling broken,” he said. Mooney knows this from personal experience: Although he did not learn to read until age 12 due to dyslexia, he earned an honors degree in English literature from Brown University, authored “Learning Outside the Lines” and works to change social perceptions of special education students through his non-profit organization, Project Eye-To-Eye.

Carol Paster (left), director of TSTI’s Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education, and Leemor Ellman from Greater MetroWest’s Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, enjoyed a moment with Mooney after his talk.


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